Brighten Up Someone’s Day With Beautiful Blooms From A Better Florist

 

We celebrated my mom’s birthday and I surprised her with a lovely table arrangement from A Better Florist. I chose The Priscilla because it was one of the prettiest blooms available on the site and it came in a glass vase that was wrapped in twine, giving it an overall rustic vibe. Check out the beautiful symphony of daisies, gerberas & roses which blew our breaths away.

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A Better Florist brings you the freshest flowers all the way from Cameron Highlands. And there’s no better way than to brighten someone’s day up, send a note that says “I love you”, “I’m thinking of you” or just a simple “Thank you!” than with FLOWERS!

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RISIS Love Meets Love Bracelet In 3 Fun Styles

In celebration of love, RISIS revives nostalgia with its Love Meets Love jewelry collection. One can select from a variety of statement pieces featuring the red Saga seed, a well-known classic symbol of everlasting love, and a Rose Quartz love stone. Show your love and appreciation with this beautiful gold-plated jewelry collection this Valentine’s Day.

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Browse the entire collection and even make a purchase from the Love Meets Love via RISIS’s online shop. So guess which piece spoke out to me… Yes, it is none other than the bracelet; the only one in this collection. Don’t you agree that it would make a great Valentine’s day gift for your loved one?

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In this blog post, I will be showing you 3 fun looks which you can pair this lovely bracelet. It is so versatile, that it looks good in every style. I love how simple and minimalist it is as compared to the cluttered and chunky charm bracelets which everyone is wearing. Talk about mainstream.

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Another Year Older…

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And so it is the time of the year again, where I am another step closer to 40. *shudders* This year’s birthday was a nice, quiet affair which included a lot of feasting. I’m so blessed by all the treats and wonderful presents. On Saturday, we had an awesome lunch at Sumiyah Charcoal Grill Izakaya and dinner at Beaulieu House, thanks to hub’s aunty. Food was great at Sumiyah, fresh sashimi and delicious skewed meats. Loved it! Then on Sunday night, I whipped up a simple dinner and had the sister ovr. She treated me to Pizza Hut the next day for lunch to fulfill my pizza craving. I know Pizza Hut isn’t the best place to go for pizzas but they are having this 1 for 1 promo now and I just had to take advantage of it. Then later on that night, hub’s aunty treated us to Thai Express. I must have gained 10 kg from all the pigging out!

It's my birthday weekend! #birthday #selfportrait #selfie #selfietime #selfienation #love #asian #sgblogger #sgbeautyblogger #sggirl #自拍

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Happy Boxing Day: A Summary Of Our Xmas

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Just in a blink of an eye, Christmas is over and it’s boxing day; the day after Christmas where you open up your presents. We cheated and had Asher opened his presents on Christmas night though.

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Regifting – Yay or Nay?

Remember receiving a gift that seemed like a great one however you found that it wasn’t suitable for you or you just had no use for it. With the festive season approaching, you might be tempted to declutter your gift closet and start regifting those unwanted presents.

For those of you who are new to this practice. Regifting or regiving is the act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else, sometimes in the guise of a new gift. One example of a formalization of this activity are the white elephant gift exchanges, in which items can be regifted from year to year. (Source: Wikipedia)

Regifting has always been debatable, where it is frowned upon by some and yet wholeheartedly embraced by others. Personally, I am fine with resifting as long as it is done tastefully. Here are some points to take note of if you are intending on regifting a present for this Christmas.

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Hello December!

Ahhh… December, the favorite month of most people I know. It’s the time when we don’t need excuses for the merry-making, shopping till our credit cards are maxed and just simply lazing around, all in the name of soaking up the festive mood. I love December too… There’s just something magical about this month even though we unfortunately do not get Winter over here in Singapore.

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So what have I been up to of late? Let’s see… I had been so excited over Black Friday sales since 2 weeks ago but strangely, I’ve not found anything to purchase. Sigh, so much for the anticipation. I don’t even have anything in mind to get for Asher either. Books, clothes or toys?

I mean, sure yeah, I won’t mind more books but not all sites carry the ones on my wish list. And I had purchased 5 more books as part of his Xmas present in the beginning of Nov.

foxsock-prv-1-734459He enjoys these lift-the-flap books even though he is quite the ruffian, we had a few ‘casualty flaps’ that were torn off. I hope to eventually teach him how to respect his books and treat them with care.

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Clothes? His grand aunt has been splurging on him so often, I think he is about to outdo me.

And don’t even get me started on toys. Not only does he has quite a few toys but he just doesn’t really play with them. I guess he is at this exploratory stage where he just wants to play with our things. Stuff like my wallet, handphone or house keys. But thankfully, he still enjoys his books a lot. My efforts in reading to him since he was a month old have paid off 😉

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Just the other day, I sat him down to just have fun with this activity book. It’s usually meant for older kids but what the heck, it was from his favorite board book (of the moment) – Dear Zoo. I thought that he won’t be interested in the stickers and more keen in putting them in his mouth but no, he surprised me. He watches what I do and then imitates me. When I let him have a go at it, he chose to let one penguin “escape” the enclosure. LOL! But we had fun with the activity book and I look forward to getting more in the future, when he is old enough to understand the activities.

There will be less partying and presents this year for me since I’m no longer working. But then again, nothing beats being able to spend quality time every single day with my son.

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Let the countdown to Christmas begin!

Charlotte’s Thoughts on Gift-Giving

I’m practical and picky when it comes to gifts, so you may think that I’m difficult to shop for. However, the irony is that I would be easily pleased with a cash voucher. That way I could get whatever I want or need. No more disappointment and feigning delight when unwrapping Christmas presents.

However, giving vouchers may be frown upon as some deem it as generic and not personalized.  So how do you get someone a present they won’t have to fake a smile just to patronize you? Or risk having that same item *gasp* re-gifted to someone else?

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Survive Vday 101

And so it’s the day after Vday, some probably had their dreams crushed, some got wasted, some got lucky while some are just glad it’s damn well over. And you know what, I feel you, because it’s so overrated and plasticky superficial, I’m glad it’s over.
Trust me, if you’re in love, everyday’s gonna be paradise for the both of you till the magic dies off and of cause that’s gonna happen because this is reality. It’s ain’t a fairy tale where people live happily ever after. There’s still gonna be them ‘evil witches and villains’ trying to tear you guys apart. But it’s with these experiences that you learn and grow along with.
So if you didn’t score well last night then please bookmark these articles from My Fat Pocket. It’s like a Vday guide for dummies.

I don’t have any Vday plans

Like what I’ve mentioned in my earlier blog entry on Vday, I find it overrated and commercialized. Everyday can be a Valentine’s day, you don’t need to wait till 14th Feb to remind each other of your love. When I was younger, I used to fuss over Vday. But now, let’s just say I’ve outgrown it.
You see, the restaurants will be packed and they’ll only serve a fixed menu which can be really boring for me. And the streets would be packed, the car parks would be full. And if you didn’t book in advance, you would probably have to join a long queue just to get a chance to taste that fixed set menu they serve.

And so, it’s the day after Christmas…

In a blink of an eye, Christmas Day is over and I now, welcome the Boxing Day sale with arms wide open. It’s also a good thing that most companies would have already credited the salaries into their staffs’ accounts. So let the mad shopping begin.

Looking back, I guess Christmas was a small, quiet private affair for me. No jostling with the mad crowd at town or counting down in a club where one has to compete with the hundreds enclosed for oxygen. And still, it was time well-spent. I had managed to resist unwrapping my presents till today.

Seems like the economy is going well for my fellow co-workers because I received quite a number of presents.

Presents from co-workers & dear friends

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Though they ain’t anything big, expensive or fanciful but its the thought that counts and that’s what matters most. I also got lucky during the office gift exchange, the person who picked my name gave me a Dior cosmetic travel kit!!

That was freakin’ awesome!! I love it so much, thank you Secret Santa!

And today, after I unwrapped all of the gifts… 70% of the stuff were beauty-related, haha, that’s really sweet of the givers.

Also got my fav Rilakkuma bear merchandise too!

Ok, this would be a short entry and I’ll be back with an update on my Xmas coy dinner at a Spanish restaurant, complete with some cam-horing photos. Enjoy boxing day y’all!

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